Minetta Tavern

4.7
2305 reviews
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Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.

Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."

We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village is home to some of the best steaks, chops, burgers, and overall feel good vibes that New York City has to offer.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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Philadelphia
129 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Accommodating staff. Nowhere to wait and table turnover a bit slow . Hamburgers tasty and undercooked. Way undercooked! A place to visit once for tourists. Not for foodies. Menu boring.

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r
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came for her Birthday on Sunday the 17th. LOVE the food , STAFF IS FANTASTIC. we have eaten at Minetta Tavern many times and will continue to come back again and again! Thank You

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

They have gone downhill. The server barely came over and the food was very greasy.

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in an old school NY setting. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They were half an hour late to seat us. Very unapologetic and lots of attitude. Reluctantly comped one round of drinks after we had to ask. Great old school NYC vibes, but can’t say that the food and ambience together overcome the lack of service. Even the infamous black label burger is really not that impressive for what it is. Spend your money on a nice meal somewhere they actually care about customer service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger

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AB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to many steakhouses across America and a few in NYC and thus far with the history of the establishment/ambiance coupled with the service and of course the amazing food, this is the place to be. There is a lot of competition in NYC and frankly what sets them apart is service. This establishment makes you feel like it is fine dining but also like you are just at a neighborhood restaurant, a part of the community. We decided to get a last minute res for lunch to celebrate our engagement. The service from the minute we walked in was just impeccable. Not naming any names but I had just been to the steakhouse in Brooklyn and frankly if you can eat at Minetta do yourself the favor and choose Minetta. My grandmother always talks about the old Minetta Tavern and while it isn't the same food I am just as excited that I finally got to go check out and feel old NYC like I have never felt before. Kudos to McNally for keeping it true to the original building, it is very much appreciated! As for what we ate: clearly the escargot, côte de boeuf and potato anna. To top it off: coconut layer cake which was airy and just amazing way to end our celebratory lunch! This isn't the only McNally owned restaurant we have been to but I do prefer it.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, excellent wine suggestions, well-prepared food, and very timely all around. A great experience for our Valentine’s Day, and very grateful for it.

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MP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did a wonderful job, as usual. Will return.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great burger, great steak frites, great wine list. A classic and a favorite in NYC

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CS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A classic NYC spot. Typical american food in an intense environment.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place!

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OH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Overall, food experience was disappointing. Enjoyed the fries thoroughly though because the bone marrow was now fresh-in the reheating process it became lumpy, chewey and low in volume/taste. 5-star burgers were unevenly cooked even on the second do-around. Muscles were excellent as were the other starters.

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Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing restaurant! Great ambiance and the service, sommelier, our wonderful waiter, and the hostess were friendly and cheerful! No attitude here! Love it!

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K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It’s quaint & funky at Minetta Tavern. However it’s EXPENSIVE & loud. The food is good but there are not many healthy options. We felt a little rushed. The place was packed so that you can’t help but be involved in all the conversations around you.

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NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun environment with great service, cocktails and good. One of my faves!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey buy delicious! The burger is a must! Everything is great

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Don’t respect the time of the reservation long wait

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The wonderful steak frites are among the best I've had anywhere in the world. I'll definitely return, but only with a friend(s). I say this as I felt a bit of "singles" discrimination when my friend cancelled last minute and I showed up by myself for an early dinner reservation. I was asked if I'd like to dine at the bar, which had absolutely no free seats and a packed row of people standing behind those sitting. Where was this seat for me? Was I to wait for those sitting to leave, those standing to sit and later leave, then have dinner? This, while the restaurant had only one seated party at this early hour. When I asked quite stunned for a table instead, I was seated directly on the very uncomfortable raised seam of a long banquette. All of the seating to my left and right on the banquette offered "seamless" dining. I sat to the left of the seam close to the adjacent empty (then later filled) table and made a note to self: If alone, cancel my reservation. If with a friend, proceed ahead.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We felt very rushed. They asked for our dessert order when we were in the middle of entrees. Over priced and just average food.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Only qualm why it wasn’t all 5s was because of the wait to be seated.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Do not recommend. We ordered a burger that came to us raw. Then we sent it back and a 2nd time it came back raw. We lost our appetites after that. Also, the 2-seater tables are squeezed in very close together and a person with a terrible cough was sitting right next to us (1 foot away) and we were worried about catching his cold the entire time.

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J
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Unlike previous visits, the noise level in the back room was so loud conversation was next to impossible. Because of the noise any talk to servers was also impossible so that service still expert became mechanical from start to finish. And to make things worse, the cote de boeuf for two -- our "go to dinner" at the Tavern even at $150-- was marred by grizzle - thick connective tissue that was difficult to cut hence the surrounding meat had to be cut away. This is the first time this happened -- and the dish should not have been served since on carving the staff should have noticed the problem. We will return - but only to sit at the bar -- for comfort and conversation (including with bar staff!) and, hopefully, great cote de boeuf and a terrific bottle.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

service could have been way better, i get that it was a busy time during lunch but when you specifically ask for certain ingredients to be left out, they really should make it a priority. waitress was rude and unapologetic about that.

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NL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I have ever had !

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The service and food were impeccable

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S
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the clubby noisy vibe! It’s very cozy in a cold winters night. We experienced attentive and efficient service. But the food, while very good, was meager! I mean 5 grilled oysters not 6? And they were tiny! And the burger was also tiny! But with mounds of fries! Very cheap on he portions and felt a bit ripped off. Won’t be rushing back even though I love everything else!

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very happy with the food and service was impeccable...very pleased

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger is 🔥

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Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was a little rude at different points through out the meal but we know this is a rare occurrence. Our previous meal have always been great. Back waiters were stellar as usual!!! Food was amazing as usual! Burger was better at our last visit but it was a busy Friday night. We will be back the next time we’re in town.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promptly seated, food came out quick, waiter was knowledgeable and made good suggestions. Will definitely go again

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time at Minetta Tavern! I love everything about it. The food, the drinks, the staff and the atmosphere are all on point.

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b
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best burger!

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FW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place so much - it's painful. I mean I feel physical pain when I'm not eating there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just OK and overpriced.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought it deserved the Best Burger in Town title. Super nice service too. Great experience.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place. Great service. EXCELLENT $30 burger that came with the crispiest we asked for all chocolate (you get a small coffee, vanilla, & chocolate) and the server noticed immediately that we got the standard one and immediately replaced it. We both had salads for starters which were fresh and generously portioned. I’d go back in s heartbeat - next time we visit the city!

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LD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, came back after a 4 year absence and couldn't have had a better experience.

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LI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

DELICIOUS food with great service. Def get the bone marrow, prob will be the best you've ever had!
Waiters are hustling around this small space like nothing. Drinks were good.
Sent a request on open table of a birthday and they delivered exactly as asked! AWESOME birhtday dinner!!

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